Mets chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli told Steven Marcus of Newsday that the team currently has the sixth-largest attendance increase of all MLB teams over last year’s figures.
Through 56 home games this season, Mets attendance is up 10 percent over last year, DePaoli told Marcus.
The Mets are averaging 30,253 fans per game, which is sixth-best in the National League after finishing 21st out of 30 teams in 2014.
This is good news for the franchise, assuming they stick to their word that the more attendance and revenue increases, the more of an impact it would have on increasing the team’s payroll.
I’ve been very encouraged by the team’s recent acquisitions and the money it cost to take on many of the new players – even in those instances where the Mets got money back.
However I did have some concern when I read a few of the Mets beat writers saying that most of the new increase in payroll by these additions were covered by the insurance from David Wright’s contract and the Jenrry Mejia suspension.
Personally, I’m not familiar with those financial details, but like anything else I made a mental note of what was said.
From a fan perspective, I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited from seeing a sold-out Citi Field during the Washington Nationals series. I thought that was awesome to see and electrifying as well.
The energy at Citi Field was all I wrote about on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and as I said it brought back memories of Shea Stadium.
However, as far as future spending goes, it’s important to note that the Wilpons still own this team and they’ve lied about spending so many times before.
If you think anything has changed with them – don’t. In fact right after we wrote an article about extending Cespedes on Monday, the next day several reports said that there’s no chance it would happen, and all cited money.
So enjoy the season, keep going to Citi Field to support the team, continue having fun as we push for the postseason, but never forget who the owners are.